I now have my dual SIM (single modem) PepWave Max BR1 Mini operating with two SIMs:
- Verizon 1GB/$15
- ATT 15GB/$35
I’ll mostly be using this in California back roads, where Verizon is usually but not always the best signal. Since I have more GB on ATT, I’d like a setup where the device will default to ATT, but will not get stuck on ATT if the Verizon signal is much better. Since this BR1 Mini only has a single modem, and per How to prioritize Cellular #1 connection over #2 - #9 by MartinLangmaid the search process for switching SIMs can take 3+ minutes, I also want to make sure the connection is not constantly dropping.
Here’s what I’m thinking for settings:
- SIM: both
- Preferred: SIM B (ATT)
- Fallback to Preferred SIM when: Device is idle (30 minutes) or Non-Preferred SIM is connected for 240 minutes
In my understanding, this means “It’s OK to use the Verizon SIM, but if nobody is using the internet for 30 minutes, OR we’ve been using Verizon for 4 hours, then try again to go back to ATT”.
- What does “Device is Idle” mean? No WiFi connections? WiFi connections, but no data? How is this “idle” defined?
- I see there is also a “Signal Threshhold” setting:
How does this work with dual SIMs? If you set a threshold, and both SIMs are below it, will the PepWave be offline? Or will it prefer whichever SIM has better signal?